2018-08-26 / Community View

View Lady Classic raises thousands for LACADA in second-year event

BY JEFF HOGAN
810-452-2640 • jhogan@mihomepaper.com


The team Party of Fore took top honors on the golf course with a 20-under score of 52. Jeanne Fischer, Jaqueline Thompson, Heather Menary and Lisa Neister celebrate their victory. 
Photo by Wes Smith The team Party of Fore took top honors on the golf course with a 20-under score of 52. Jeanne Fischer, Jaqueline Thompson, Heather Menary and Lisa Neister celebrate their victory. Photo by Wes Smith METAMORA TWP. — The Second Annual View Lady Classic, presented by McLaren Lapeer Region, was held Thursday at the Metamora Golf & Country Club. All proceeds will benefit the Lapeer Area Citizens Against Domestic Violence (LACADA).

The View Lady Classic raised nearly $13,000 for LACADA in its first year in August 2017.

For the past 26 years, LACADA has provided support services and safe emergency shelter to women and children who were fleeing domestic violence in their homes. Since the shelter first opened its doors, LACADA has sheltered more than 4,000 women and children. More than 18,000 crisis calls have been answered through LACADA’s 24-hour helpline. Its local emergency shelter operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Celebrity caddy Jeff Ryeson proves he’s willing to stand on his head for his team. Karen Basile, Sam Coulter and Gayle Coulter of the Hard Hat Hotties made sure Ryeson got his feet back on the ground. 
Photo by Karen Basile Celebrity caddy Jeff Ryeson proves he’s willing to stand on his head for his team. Karen Basile, Sam Coulter and Gayle Coulter of the Hard Hat Hotties made sure Ryeson got his feet back on the ground. Photo by Karen Basile LACADA provides free and confidential support to live a life free from violence. Survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault often feel alone and there is nowhere to turn. LACADA strives to empower survivors in regaining control in their lives through crisis intervention, advocacy, and support services.

The non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, in operation since 1991, provides free and confidential support services that include crisis intervention, support groups, court accompaniment, information and referrals for those in need and personal advocacy.

Thirty-six teams participated in Thursday’s sold-out event under sunny skies that began with a celebrity caddy auction. The caddys were: Myles Burrough, $550; Rick Fleming, $750; Craig Watson, $700; Jeff Ryeson, $700; Mike Butterfield, $900; Bill Gibbons, $900; Rick Greer, Jr., $550; Eric Mann, $600; Nate Mutch, $650; Matt Wandrie, $400; and Dave Frisch and Scott McKenna, $1,450.


Celebrity caddy Dr. Nate Mutch entertained the ladies during the auction. 
Photo by Jeff Hogan Celebrity caddy Dr. Nate Mutch entertained the ladies during the auction. Photo by Jeff Hogan Debbie Cady, president of the LACADA Board of Directors, was pleased with the turnout and enthusiasm expressed by participants to support LACADA’s mission. “It’s an incredible opportunity for LACADA and to bring awareness to what LACADA is doing. Thank you to all the women who participated, and to the VIEW Newspaper Group for putting this on for us.”

Cady said vendors she spoke with were also pleased at the leads and prospects developed from the golf benefit, and many indicated they’re excited to come back next year.

The total amount raised was not available Friday, as it will take a few days to crunch the numbers though organizers are optimistic Thursday’s total will surpass last year’s amount.

“The second annual View Lady Classic was a huge success. The celeb caddy auction alone raised $8,100 for LACADA,” said Emily Caswell, brand manager for the VIEW Newspaper Group. “A big thank you to all of our caddys, sponsors and golfers and the team at LACADA. We could not do this event without them. Keep an eye out as we’ll announce the 2019 date in the next few weeks.”

LACADA’s main fundraiser of the year, the 26th Annual Taste of Lapeer, will be held Oct. 4 at the Lapeer Country Club. During this charitable event, guests can sample delicacies from area restaurants while enjoying a fun-filled live auction that benefits the LACADA domestic violence emergency shelter. Tickets will be available for purchase at $75 each.


Denise Welsh of Metamora purchased raffle tickets from Cindy Kish, Maria Zavala and Jill Nichols. Denise Welsh of Metamora purchased raffle tickets from Cindy Kish, Maria Zavala and Jill Nichols. LACADA’s Executive Director Tracey Walker, her staff and volunteers ask the community to consider making a donation of an item(s) or service for the live auction or raffle. All donors are acknowledged in the auction booklet. There are six levels of sponsorship available. It’s an opportunity for you or your business to be recognized as a community leader at LACADA’s largest event of the year. Find the donor/ sponsorship on LACADA’s website, www.lacada.org.



The “Bottoms Up Broads” team of Tricia Shannon of Davison, Carole McMahan of Davison, Mona Filipovich of Flushing and Margaret Grisholm of Granc Blanc decorated their golf carts special for the occasion. The team won the “Most Spirited Award” for their attire, cart decoration and the fun attitude they exhibited. The “Bottoms Up Broads” team of Tricia Shannon of Davison, Carole McMahan of Davison, Mona Filipovich of Flushing and Margaret Grisholm of Granc Blanc decorated their golf carts special for the occasion. The team won the “Most Spirited Award” for their attire, cart decoration and the fun attitude they exhibited.

Michele Guerra, VIEW brand specialist and Emily Caswell, VIEW brand manager helped to organize The View Lady Classic, but still found time for some fun. Here they try out the Harley-Davidson ride simulator sponsored by Ray C’s. Michele Guerra, VIEW brand specialist and Emily Caswell, VIEW brand manager helped to organize The View Lady Classic, but still found time for some fun. Here they try out the Harley-Davidson ride simulator sponsored by Ray C’s.

Dressed as a lifeguard for the caddy auction was local financial advisor Mike Butterfield. Dressed as a lifeguard for the caddy auction was local financial advisor Mike Butterfield.

Samantha Coulter of North Branch played on a team called “Hard Hat Hotties” sponsored by Coulter Real Estate. Samantha Coulter of North Branch played on a team called “Hard Hat Hotties” sponsored by Coulter Real Estate.

Playing for the Re-elect Judge Justus C. Scott team were Holly Washington, Jen Bialek, Ashley Brown and Mary Smith. Playing for the Re-elect Judge Justus C. Scott team were Holly Washington, Jen Bialek, Ashley Brown and Mary Smith.

VIEW Brand Assistant Alex Petrie tried his hand (legs?) at the obstacle course set up by View Lady Classic sponsor Metamora Physical Therapy. 
Photo by Emily Caswell VIEW Brand Assistant Alex Petrie tried his hand (legs?) at the obstacle course set up by View Lady Classic sponsor Metamora Physical Therapy. Photo by Emily Caswell

Making the 2nd Annual View Lady Classic an international event, a team by the name of “Greater Canadian Beavers” from the Sarnia, Ontario area, included Cathy Acton, Wanda Graham, Carol Barr and Lisa Acton. Making the 2nd Annual View Lady Classic an international event, a team by the name of “Greater Canadian Beavers” from the Sarnia, Ontario area, included Cathy Acton, Wanda Graham, Carol Barr and Lisa Acton.

The Wonder Women team from McLaren Lapeer Region included Jan Nixon, Mary Montgomery, Paula Sweeney and Betsy Felton. The Wonder Women team from McLaren Lapeer Region included Jan Nixon, Mary Montgomery, Paula Sweeney and Betsy Felton.

A team of Lakestone Bank & Trust employees played as the “Lakestone Bank Bandits.” The team included Cindy Strich, Danielle Chateauvert, Tamra Kleyenberg and Tracey McIntosh. A team of Lakestone Bank & Trust employees played as the “Lakestone Bank Bandits.” The team included Cindy Strich, Danielle Chateauvert, Tamra Kleyenberg and Tracey McIntosh.

The law enforcement caddie team of Lapeer County Sheriff Scott McKenna and Lapeer Police Dept. Chief Dave Frisch earned the highest during the caddy auction, netting $1,450 for LACADA. The law enforcement caddie team of Lapeer County Sheriff Scott McKenna and Lapeer Police Dept. Chief Dave Frisch earned the highest during the caddy auction, netting $1,450 for LACADA.

Dressed in classic caddy attire was guest auctioneer Phil Guerra. Dressed in classic caddy attire was guest auctioneer Phil Guerra.

Dressed as a cowboy for the celebrity caddy auction was Myles Burrough. Dressed as a cowboy for the celebrity caddy auction was Myles Burrough.

Eric Mann juggles golf balls during the caddie auction. 
Photos by Jeff Hogan Eric Mann juggles golf balls during the caddie auction. Photos by Jeff Hogan

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